Flynn supports education increase in 2016-17 state budget

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Marty Flynn said he voted for the 2016-17 state budget because of the $250 million pre-K through 12th grade education funding increase.

“It’s important that we help our local school districts by providing more funding from the state level. While I would have liked to see more dollars pushed out to the schools, this $250 million increase is a good step forward,” said Flynn, D-Lackawanna. “By allocating additional money at the state level, it is our hope that local school districts will not need to lay off teachers, cut programs or raise property taxes.”

According to information provided by the House Appropriations Committee Democratic staff, Flynn said school districts in his 113th Legislative District are slated to receive the following increases:

Basic Education                        Special Education

Abington Heights:  $150,330, 2.5 percent; $12,342, 0.7 percent
Mid Valley:  $170,099, 4.3 percent; $17,517, 2 percent
Riverside:  $191,625, 4.1 percent; $15,281, 1.9 percent
Scranton:  $2.28 million, 5.5 percent; $191,195, 3.4 percent

Flynn also lauded the $15 million that is being spent on addressing the opioid addiction crisis that is devastating families across Pennsylvania.

“Unfortunately, this public health problem has no boundaries. It is affecting cities and suburbs as well as rural areas throughout the state. This funding for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services will help to continue the legislative efforts that have been made during the past two years to address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis,” said Flynn, a member of the 2014 Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation.

“I’m encouraged by the bipartisan talks that went into crafting this budget. It’s important that we work this way in other matters as well so that people understand what we can accomplish for the betterment of the entire state,” Flynn said.